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Andhra rights panel plans to ban kids’ ‘obscene’ shows


Hyderabad: Taking a serious note of obscenity in reality shows for children on some television channels, Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission Tuesday said it would take a decision by month-end on banning such shows.

Reacting to petitions of some parents who alleged that a television channel portrayed their children in an objectionable manner, SHRC chairman Justice Subhashan Reddy threatened to ban such shows. He said the commission would go into all the petitions before taking a decision by the month-end.

He also found fault with the parents for encouraging their children to participate in such realty shows. “It is the responsibility of the parents to protect their children,” he said.

For the second consecutive day, the commission heard petitions relating to “Aata”, a dance reality show on Zee Telugu channel.

Some NGOs last week complained to the SHRC that the channel was making children perform obscene numbers, thereby violating child rights. They sought a ban on such shows.

Parents of some children participating in the dance show Monday appeared before the commission urging it not to take action on the petitions by the NGOs. However, the commission pulled up the parents for not only allowing their children to participate in such shows but also defending their action.

“Don’t you feel uncomfortable with the way your children have been dressed up for the show?” Reddy asked the delegation of six parents, which denied that there was any vulgarity and obscenity in the show. The parents said the show was aimed at promoting young talent.

Juatice Reddy, however, advised parents to encourage their children to learn traditional forms of art instead of allowing them to participate in such ugly shows.